Boston City FC 1 Seacoast United 0
Sat, May 7, 2016 9:53 pm

Boston City FC left it late, but secured the first win in club history when defender Gabriel Da Souza struck seven minutes from time in a 1-0 National premier Soccer League win over Seacoast United Phantoms.

The contest against a dogged visiting team reduced to ten men with 23 minutes remaining might have been over before halftime had a flurry of scoring chances been taken. Seacoast had their chances too and even when a man down, rattled the woodwork through Edmilson Barras, who also missed a chance to level in the dying minutes.

It turned out to be Boston City's night, much to the delight of a vocal crowd that sang songs and chanted in the stands and roared their team on from a special supporter's section where the players celebrated at the final whistle, which came as much in relief as celebration.

The decisive goal barely crept over the line as one of multiple home substitutes Pedro Da Silva headed against the upright and Da Souza pounced and watched as his shot rolled beyond a beaten keeper and nestled just inside the far post.

"It's huge, the first win in history," said Boston City captain and man of the match Ronaldo Vieira. "It wasn't pretty but it's a win. I thought the whole game was a battle and was about grinding it out and finding a way to put the ball in back of the net. It came late, but it came."

The excitement boiled over during stoppage time as home coach Palhinha was ejected from a crowd of players and coaches in front of the home bench, joining Seacoast sub Richard Simmons, who had been shown a straight red card for a 67th minute foul, having been booked earlier in the half.

Boston should have been in control before the interval, but spurned several clear chances. Bruno Bonicontro had a near post shot pushed around the post after only five minutes and Jhonta Batista fired over the crossbar from close range while off balance with the goal gaping. Two minutes after entering as a late first half sub, Da Silva broke through but saw his shot blocked.

But the missed chances were forgotten when Da Souza spared wild celebrations among the noisy home supporters and earned the first three point in club history.

"We have a great group of guys here and we really gel together," added Vieira. "We've been training for two months now and everyone is working hard together and are ready for their chance."

Boston City hits the road on Wednesday, traveling to face Seacoast United Mariners, before a rematch with the Phantoms on Saturday night and a visit to Brooklyn Italians on May 21. BCFC returns to Malden Catholic on Saturday, May 28 at 6pm against New York Athletic Club.



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